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any factor that disturbs homeostasis, producing stress.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
An agent, condition, or other stimulus that causes stress to an organism.
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stressorA general term for any factor that increases a person’s mental or physical stress; virtually all stressors can be described as related to environment (e.g., inadequate housing) or personal (e.g., health related, sexual, social or related to work).
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stressorA thing that ↑ mental or physical stress–eg, environment, housing, personal, sexual, social, work related. See Stress management Psychology A noxious physical or mental trigger that compromises mental function and control. See Stress.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
psychiatry Any event or situation that induces emotional distress in a given patient.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
A stimulus or event that provokes a stress response in an organism. Stressors can be categorized as acute or chronic, and as external or internal to the organism.
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